Write to Publish: Write What You Know tickets are available now!

Portland State University’s Ooligan Press is excited to announce its fifth annual Write to Publish conference, to be held February 23rd, 2013, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Native American Student Community Center on the PSU campus. 

This year’s nonfiction theme, Write What You Know, will feature local authors Floyd Skloot, Lidia Yuknavitch and Kristian Williams, among others, speaking about their personal experiences navigating the industry. They will be joined by other industry professionals, with the goal of demystifying the publishing industry for burgeoning writers.  
Write to Publish is the brainchild of Ooligan Press, a nonprofit trade press run by students of Portland State University’s Book Publishing graduate program. 

This year’s conference will also host a lunch catered by California Pizza Kitchen and a writing contest for non-fiction submissions limited by 2,000 words. The grand prize winner will receive a pitch to agent Betsy Amster of Betsy Amster Literary Agency! Submissions are due by Feb. 9th.
For more information, please visit www.ooliganpress.pdx.edu/w2p. To purchase tickets, go to www.pdx.edu/boxoffice/tickets.

Prompt: A Write Around Portland Community Workshop

Join us for a 10 week workshop devoted to generative writing and the transformative power of writing in community. Based on the successful Write Around Portland (http://www.writearound.org/) model, this dynamic workshop incorporates many of our favorite exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including free-writing; group discussion; imagery, character, plot and poetry development; and early-draft revision.

All proceeds from Prompt go directly toward funding Write Around Portland workshops and programs in hospitals, prisons, schools, treatment centers, low-income housing facilities and more.

Prompt: Meets weekly for 10 weeks

Ten Tuesdays, Jan 29-Apr 2, 6:30-8:30pm

Powell’s City of Books, 10th and W. Burnside

$285 (Payment plans available. Includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powells.”)

Workshop facilitator Mary Kibbe earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst University where she explored communication, writing, and an interdisciplinary approach to the formulation and re-formulation of individual identity. Mary currently focuses her writing time on poetry, and has studied the art of memoir, creative non-fiction and personal essays. She is a founding member of her writing critique group Broads on the Side. As a Write Around Portland volunteer, Mary has facilitated workshops for burn and trauma survivors, at-risk youth, and low-income families.

Registration limited to 12 adults. For more information or to register, please contact Write Around Portland at 503.796.9224.



Finding it hard to devote time to write on a new or existing writing project?  Take a weekend to re-boot your writing at the beach.  Join us in Manzanita, Oregon Friday, February 1 through Sunday February 3, 2013.  There will be time to write, relax and play on the beach.
Who should attend? Writers looking for uninterrupted time to write in a safe and nurturing setting.  All genres welcome, including: poetry, personal essay, non-fiction, and memoir/creative non-fiction. The weekend is idea for any level of writing or stage of your project.  Come for the evening, a day or the entire weekend.   

Where: The Contemplative Arts Center in Manzanita, OR.  Please note: overnight lodging is not available at the The Contemplative Arts Center.  Lodging will be on your own.  Please visit website www.bootcamp4writers.com for information on lodging options and to register. 

Schedule: Friday, 2/1/13 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm - Introductions/writing time

Saturday, 2/2/13 - 9 am to noon - work shopping/critique of writing
1 pm to 4 pm - writing time
7 pm - TBD: Dinner together in Manzanita

Friday, 2/3/13 - 9 am to 1 pm - work shopping/critique of writing

This workshop is led by Kelly Wallace, who owns and operates the Writers Boot Camp West.  She was a Hawthorne Fellow ‘12 at The Attic Institute and is a member of the Pinewood Table writer’s group led by Stevan Allred and Joanna Rose. 

To register visit: http://www.bootcamp4writers.com/register/  For more information please contact:  Kelly Wallace (p): 503.575.5104 or (e): bootcamp4writers@gmail.com